Understanding Times and Seasons

Ecclesiastes 3:1

To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

Each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn and winter) are marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours. In winter it gets dark quickly, summer time is brighter, springtime- things begin to flourish and bloom, autumn is when the leaves start to shed off the tree so each season is characterised by a particular feature or features.

We can also say seasons are times characterised by a particular circumstance so for example we might say things like 'it's raining season' because it rains all the time. Also when there is abundance of a particular fruit in circulation we say it's that fruit season.

These seasons were created by God  and nothing can stop them from taking place every year.
Let's read Gen 8:22 to buttress this point.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Now, as I explained above, when fruits are in season, we see it in abundance, what about the times we don't see it in season, does it mean that particular fruit doesn't exist? No! It does exist, only it is not in season.
We will never say for example rain will never fall again because it is not raining season. We just wait for the raining season. Even farmers study raining season and plant their seeds at the right time.

Now when the bible says ' to every thing there is a season' this overrides people's assumptions and assertions that some things will not happen for you because they don't see it manifesting now in your life or in the time they want to see it.

The question then is that thing you want from God that hasn't happened, does it qualify as a purpose of God for your life? If it does, then there is a time to it. Wait for the time.
If you want fruitfulness, increase, promotion, you want to flourish in what you lay your hands upon, it will happen, wait for it.

In Luke 1:5-6, Zacharias and his wife Elisabeth were godly people who served God, yet they had no children. As a matter of fact, the Bible said they were both righteous and blameless, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, yet nothing was happening for them. It was not their 'sin' that held back their miracle.

Verse 7 said they had no child but when their season came, verse 13 tells us the angel said to Zachariah 'your prayer is heard and your wife shall bear a son'

Does it mean God just heard their prayers that day that the angel visited? No! God had heard them when they first asked for a son but to every thing there is a season according to scriptures. Their son, John the Baptist had to be born at the right time. He was a forerunner to Christ!

To every thing there is a season.

It certainly was not impossible for God to make the mother of John the Baptist conceive him 50 years earlier but because there is a time to every purpose under heaven, John the Baptist had to be born at the right time closer to when Christ will be born.

Are you here reading this and you have concluded your time will not come because things have happened for others and not you, remember to every thing there is a season.

My season is not your season, your season is not my season.

A palm tree takes 4 to 8 years after planting before it starts bearing fruit while corn takes 60-100 days.

You would have planted and harvested several batches of corn while the palm tree is still underground, nothing above the ground to show that all your effort in planting it is working but there is something going on underground.

But am I by this saying you should just fold your hands and do nothing while waiting for your season? NO!

The corn still has to be planted then the season of harvest will happen.
The palm tree still has to planted then the season of harvest will happen.
Zachariah and his wife Elisabeth continued serving God and their season happened. They never gave up on God. They refused to be discouraged. They were still righteous and loving God.

You can't fold your hands, be lazy and do nothing, as a matter of fact such people when their season comes around, they might not recognise it because they were not expectant.

Prophet Habakkuk says in Habakkuk 2:1, as for him he will stand upon his watch to see what the Lord will say to him, he was prepared for his season. He was expectant.

Caleb said in Numbers 13:30, let us go up at once and possess the land for we are well able to overcome it, he knew God had said they will possess the land, the promise didn't happen straightaway but he believed it and was eagerly looking forward to it and so when the season came round, he was able to recognise it with the eyes of faith regardless of the opposition - the giants.

The other children of God heard the same promise from God that they will possess the land but they were filled with fear, no expectation at all, didn't even try to put in any effort to believe and go try to fight the giants, listen to what they said in verse 31:
'But the men that went up with him said, we be not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we'

Therefore even though it was their season to possess the promised land, but they never experienced it because all they saw was the giants.

This brings us to the question 'What do I need to do so I experience my own season?

1. Know that to everything, there is a season. It is a law of God that cannot be broken. You have a     season.

2.Don't compare other people's season with yours. Our journey in life is different and so our seasons  will not necessarily happen at the same time.

3. A lazy man will never see harvest.
   Be prepared to work harder than others. Some only pray and do nothing, they will not see harvest. Go the extra mile, do what others are not prepared to do.  This will train your mind and eyes to recognise godly opportunities that others might not easily see when they come around because you are expectant and waiting for it.

4. Believe God, trust his word concerning your situation, never give up. Remain righteous.

5. Your season shall come, believe it!

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